For the last several months, I’ve been feeling like Daniel from The Karate Kid. I enlisted the help of One who knows “Karate” well – after all, He is from the Country where “Karate” originated. I could choose none better.
I was delighted when He agreed to take me under His wing and teach me the intricacies of the craft. With great anticipation, I visited Him every day.
First we “painted the fence.”
I got it done, and did a great job! Perhaps this was how I would “pay” for my lessons??
Enthusiasm bubbled out as I returned for my first lesson later in the week.
Imagine my confusion when I was given pads with which to “sand the floor.”
My Master was nowhere to be found while I toiled and sweated my way across the room.
As I finished my last stroke, He arrived, thanked me, and sent me home.
Confusion abounded. I lay in bed at night wondering if I was being taken for a sucker.
Nevertheless, at the appointed time I returned for my first lesson…
and spent the day “waxing cars!”
Fortunately, I’ve seen Karate Kid, or I’d be royally ticked right now! Although what’s happening in my life looks nothing like what I believe my ‘calling’ to be, I know that these things that appear to be distractions are, in fact, training.
For what? I have no clue.
But I have faith in the LORD, and in His ways.
No motion is wasted when we’re being obedient. His intention is to work these natural movements deep into our “muscle memory.” That way, when the adversary comes against us, we automatically do the needed action. What seems to be pointless and completely unrelated to what we are called to do, is actually the very best training we need in order to be equipped!
I guess this is why we’re told:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
Don’t lean on your own understanding. (Especially at a time like this, when nothing makes sense!)
In all your ways acknowledge Him;
Rest in the knowledge that He IS directing your paths…even when it seems like nothing more than a distraction!